UPDATES FOR FUTURE STUDENTS & PARENTS

Please find below the latest information for prospective students regarding the admissions process and their place at college this September.

The Government has issued the following information on the cancellation of GCSEs and A-Levels > click here

If you have any further questions please email admissions2020@priestley.ac.uk and we will get back to you as well as add them to the list below.

No we are still taking applications right through to the start of term. However the sooner you apply the sooner we will be able to discuss your choices. Application forms can be completed via our website online or downloaded and posted to admissions at Priestley.

Yes, your place is secure if you have received an offer and returned your acceptance pack.  There will obviously be a lot more guidance around the grades you get once they are known, but at this stage don’t worry.

In line with the Government’s advice relating to self-isolation and social distancing measures we made some changes to admissions processes to avoid the need for face to face admissions interviews.  We began the process of contacting applicants who had not at that point had an admissions interview week commencing 18 May and completed this process before the summer break.   We are emailed and texted applicants ahead of any planned telephone interviews to let them know a time when we intend to call.  If you have not yet received this email and/or text, we may not have your correct contact details. Please therefore email your most up to date contact details to admissions@priestley.ac.uk.  We will then be in touch to arrange an admissions interview during enrolment in September.     

We are still waiting for confirmation from some awarding bodies and exam boards but at this stage it is anticipated that you will receive a calculated grade for each of your GCSE subjects or other qualifications studied at school, which will take into account a number of factors including your teacher’s judgement, mock exam results, non-examined assessments and any other relevant data that provides an indication of your current performance.

On 3rd April, Ofqual issued the following guidance on grading for exams this summer:

Read the letter from Ofqual

Read the Ofqual guidance on grading this summer – UPDATED 6 May 2020

Ofqual have not yet issued guidance about how grades will be calculated for students taking other general, vocational or technical qualifications.

Final grades are expected to be issued in August. On 3rd April, Ofqual issued the following guidance on grading for exams this summer:

Read the letter from Ofqual

Read the Ofqual guidance on grading this summer – UPDATED 6 May 2020

Ofqual have not yet issued guidance about how grades will be calculated for students taking other general, vocational or technical qualifications.

We hope to provide you with opportunities to discuss your options before enrolment, including a virtual Welcome Day and our Choices Event, which normally takes place just before enrolment in August. We appreciate that the likelihood of these events taking place will depend on the progress made to control the spread of COVID-19 but if you have submitted an application and returned your acceptance, we will keep you updated about any alternative arrangements, or additional opportunities to visit the College, discuss your options, and provide you with the support and guidance you need. 

UPDATE (06-04-20) – All applicants should have now received an email explaining how to login to Virtual Priestley, our online learning environment for those of you planning to join us in September. Virtual Priestley was launched before May half term and already more than 1,000 young people have logged on. Here you will have access to useful challenges and fun tasks to help you prepare for the specific subjects and courses you hope to study at Priestley College, along with information about the campus, the many ways we support you, and details about the wide range of enrichment activities available at college.  Over the coming weeks we will continue to update this site with new content, including more fun exercises and taster activities.

UPDATE (22-07-20) – Priestley’s Virtual Choices Event will take place online at https://learnliveuk.com/priestleys-virtual-choices-event on GCSE Results Day (20 August) from 10am until 2pm.  This event replaces the Choices Event we had planned in College on 24th August and will provide a further chance to explore your choices on receiving your GCSE results. This event will provide opportunities to ask subject, pastoral, admissions, and careers staff any questions before your enrolling. This will be particularly useful if you are reconsidering your options as a result of your GCSE results being better or not as good as expected. If you have not already applied to Priestley, you may wish to use this as an opportunity to find out more about the College and the wide variety of subjects and courses available. Applications can still be submitted at www.priestley.ac.uk/how-to-apply.

The Admissions Team can be contacted at admissions@priestley.ac.uk, unless you have specifically been provided with an alternative email address in any correspondence we have sent to you, in which case you should use the one provided to ensure your email is forwarded to the relevant member of staff. 

If you have expressed an interest, or accepted a place to study an A-level programme, you will be able to change your subject and/or course options at enrolment if you wish, but you must contact the Admissions Team at admissions@priestley.ac.uk as soon as possible if you have changed your mind about studying a vocational programme or now wish to be considered for a place on a vocational programme, as places on these programmes are often limited.

UPDATE (22-07-20) – You may wish to review your subject choices on receving your GCSE results.  Priestley’s Virtual Choices Event will take place online at https://learnliveuk.com/priestleys-virtual-choices-event on GCSE Results Day (20 August) from 10am until 2pm.  This event replaces the Choices Event we had planned in College on 24th August and will provide a further opportunity to explore your choices once you have received your GCSE results. This event will provide opportunities to ask subject, pastoral, admissions, and careers staff any questions before your enrolling. This will be particularly useful if you are reconsidering your options as a result of your GCSE results being better or not as good as expected.

We will continue to provide all applicants with weekly updates and to provide additional information on our “Virtual Priestley” website.  In addition please make sure you keep checking this page for any updates. If you have a question please don’t hesitate to send it through to our Admissions Team as it may be one that we need to add to our FAQs to help others.

An enrolment letter is now on it’s way to all new students who have received an offer to study at Priestley from September and you should receive this letter week beginning 27 July. This letter will include your personal enrolment appointment time and date, which will be sometime between Thursday 20th August to Wednesday 26th August.

The letter provides important information about our enrolment process, which usually takes between 30 minutes and an hour.  If you need to rearrange your enrolment appointment please contact our Admissions Team on 01925 415415 or email admissions@priestley.ac.uk as soon as possible.

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic we have put a number of measures in place to help maintain a Covid secure environment during enrolment and to ensure the safety and well-being of you, our staff and visitors.

During enrolment you and your parents will be able to discuss the range of options and subjects available with senior staff and experienced tutors. Our Guidance Team will also be available to offer impartial advice via email or telephone.

Please bring written evidence of your qualifications with you, including evidence of any qualifications you achieved before this summer. We cannot confirm your place at Priestley without this information.

You may also wish to bring any evidence you need to support a bursary application.  All applicants are now able to download a Free School Meals and Bursary Application Form from our website at priestley.ac.uk/bursaries, where there is also information, including a short video, about the various bursaries available.  You can also login to Virtual Priestley and click on the ‘Apply for a College Bursary’ link from the College Support page where you can also upload a completed application form and any required supporting evidence.  If you submit your application by Monday 17th August we will be able to give you a decision at enrolment.

To help keep visitor numbers to a minimum at enrolment time we would ask that wherever possible you are accompanied by no more than one adult.

When you arrive on campus you will be directed to one of our enrolment bases.

Just before GCSE results are issued on 20 August we will be mailing all our applicants the latest updates on our arrangements to ensure Priestley is Covid Secure for the start of term. We will also be sending you the latest edition of our Go Priestley booklet which will provide the following information and will help you to get off to the  best possible start in  September:

  • Enrolment
  • Preparing for Priestley
  • Your Routes to Success, including direct bus routes to Priestley
  • Student Bursaries and Free School Meals
  • Sport Development Centres and trials
  • Enrichment Masterclasses
  • More useful and important information, including cashless catering, ID cards, book deposits, and equipment costs

New student induction days will commence on Monday 7th September and due to Covid-19 they are being phased through to Wednesday 9th September. We’ve prepared a packed induction programme, including number of events and activities during your first weeks at College to provide a flavour of life at Priestley and what’s on offer beyond the classroom, including the many enrichment groups and extra-curricular activities that you can sign up for alongside the subjects/courses you have chosen to study.

All applicants are now able to download a Free School Meals and Bursary Application Form from our website at priestley.ac.uk/bursaries, where there is also information, including a short video, about the various bursaries available.  You can also login to Virtual Priestley and click on the ‘Apply for a College Bursary’ link from the College Support page where you can also upload a completed application form and any required supporting evidence.  If you submit your application by Monday 17th August we will be able to give you a decision at enrolment.

Due to Covid-19 we are currently working with Warrington’s Own Buses to make a number of special arrangements to support students who will be using public transport to travel to and from College. We will issue more information about these arrangements at or before enrolment, so please keep visiting this page to check for updates.  We are also installing additional secure cycle storage spaces and will be encouraging more students to cycle or walk to College if that is practicable.

During the enrolment process you will be issued with details of important term dates, Parents Briefings and Evenings and Student Review Days.

Once you have enrolled as a student at Priestley you will be able to purchase Totum Membership for £14.99, the NUS endorsed student discount platform. This will provide you with hundreds of discounts in many online and high street stores, cinemas and for travel.

For answers to more Frequently Asked Questions please also visit: https://www.priestley.ac.uk/sixth-form/faqs/

FAQ answers correct at time of publication – Wednesday 22 July 2020

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